There are several ways you can use natural stone to turn a drab guest bathroom, an ordinary powder room, or a boring master bathroom into a stunningly beautiful room!
Los Angeles has a reputation for being very health conscious, and the South Bay is no exception.
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or just looking to cut down on calories, these restaurants will account for your diet without disappointing your tastebuds. All three have multiple locations across California; both inside and outside of the South Bay.
This restaurant has locations across California and specializes in salads, sandwiches, and entrees using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu includes a curried cauliflower salad, and a citrus-poached salmon sandwich--just to name a few.
Chef Alan Jackson opened Lemonade in 2009 after making his career in fine dining. He brings that high-cuisine philosophy to everything that he serves at Lemonade. There are now 28 locations across California. Once you’ve had a healthy meal, top it off with a cold pressed lemonade made from seasonal fruit.
Veggie Grill’s slogan is “Eat More Veggies,” and the restaurant’s menu allows you to do just that. This is another local chain, with more than 30 locations throughout California, including several in the South Bay.
All menu items are free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products, but that does not mean it’s lacking in flavor. The menu features vegetarian versions of your favorite burgers, wings, tacos, and more. Stop in with friends to sample some of the delicious choices.
The Flame Broiler
If you crave a little meat in your diet, look no further than The Flame Broiler for a healthy alternative to fast food. As the name suggests, all meat is prepared on the grill using minimal oil and other fat.
Choose from chicken, beef, or tofu served over a bed of rice or steamed veggies. Calorie counts range from 370 for the smallest size to 1100 for the largest size. The meat itself is high quality, too. The Flame Broiler chicken is all natural and hormone free, and the beef is grass-fed and 100 percent Angus.
Whether you are a DIY pro or a novice, there are some household issues that seem like more trouble than they are worth. With a little advance planning, some of the most annoying household issues can be resolved with a few simple fixes.
Here are two projects you can tackle in an hour or less that will be well worth the investment of time and energy:
Squeaky or Sticky Doors
This is one of those issues that you hear over and over again every time you open or close the door, but might not be annoying enough to invest the time in fixing.
When you want to put a stop to the squeak or stick for good, the first step is to understand exactly where the problem is coming from. If your door is sticking, rub colored chalk around it, then open and close it and look for the chalk marks to determine where it is sticking. From there, use a dremel or small sander to shave down the door and give it a better fit in the door frame.
In the case of a squeaky door, it is most likely caused by hinges that are not properly lubricated. Fix that by rubbing petroleum jelly on them. It’s not a permanent fix and will likely need to be reapplied, but it should be enough to stop the squeaking in the short term.
No matter how clean you keep your shower or bathtub, stains build up over time from hard water and continual use. Contrary to what you might think, removing those stains does not mean spending hours scrubbing or harsh chemicals.
For an easy nontoxic option, combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with lemon juice to form a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let it sit for about half an hour and then rinse well with hot water. Repeat as needed until the stains are gone.
Burglars and other intruders are something no one should ever have to face, but home invasions a reality for about 2 million households each year and rising.
While you can’t totally control whether or not someone will break into your house, there are a few things you can do to make it more difficult and deter a potential intruder.
Invest in Motion Sensors
Many home invasions happen at night when it’s easier for intruders to hide in the dark. Motion sensor lights take away that security by turning on anytime someone walks in front of them. Lights come in a variety of styles and sizes and there are options for any budget.
The sudden flash of light may be enough to scare off an intruder or alert you or a neighbor to the fact that something is about to happen. It’ll give you or a neighbor time to call 911 and stop the damage before it begins.
Conceal Large Purchases
Whenever you buy a large-ticket item like a TV or an appliance, do you put the box out for trash or recycling pick up? If you do, it’s basically an advertisement to a burglar that you have something new and valuable inside. This is most common during the holiday season.
Rather than making your purchases known by putting boxes on the curb, pack up the cardboard and take it to your local recycling center. You’ll still get rid of the unwanted packaging, but in a much safer way.
Eliminate Hiding Places
If you have large shrubs or hedges outside your home, you’ve created the perfect place for an intruder to hide. Try to keep them trimmed up as much as possible to minimize the potential for someone to lurk within them.
This hiding factor is also important to consider when deciding what your home’s landscaping will look like. Weigh the aesthetic value your choices will bring against the potential danger they create to find a balance that suits you and your family.
Much like the rest of life, things are bound to go wrong in your home from time to time. However, problem in your house does not always need to result in a call to a plumber or handyman. Those calls can be expensive, so before you pick up the phone, try these tips to fix some common household problems!
All Things Drains
A clogged drain or toilet is annoying, but oftentimes easily fixed. In the case of a toilet, you’ll want to make sure that you turn off the water to it before you get out the plunger, otherwise water will continue coming in and you’ll end up with even bigger mess than you may already have.
Did you know that plungers work on the sink, too? The same mechanism that unclogs a toilet can be used to unclog a sink. If that doesn’t work, try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar before you reach for Draino or another harsh chemical. Pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup vinegar and let it sit for 20-30 minutes then rinse with hot water and repeat if needed.
As temperatures fluctuate in a house, windows can become stuck or difficult to open. Try sliding a knife under the bottom of the window, then using a hammer to gently tap it open. A utility knife works best, but a sturdy kitchen knife can be used as a backup.
Once you have the window open, coat the tracks with silicone spray or wax from a candle to keep them lubricated and prevent it from getting stuck again.
Constantly Running Refrigerator
If it seems like your fridge is running all the time no matter what the temperature in your house, it’s probably time to clean the coils underneath it. When the coils become clogged with dust and dirt, the refrigerator has to work harder to keep food cold.
Clean this area by using a brush to loosen dust and dirt, then vacuum it up using your vacuum cleaner’s extension hose. You should notice a difference in how the refrigerator runs almost immediately.